Ten years ago the
United States started a war predicated on a falsehood, the preemption of
a nonexistent threat. Disguising a personal vendetta of the Bush
family against Saddam Hussein and the veiled objective of controlling Iraqi oil, the neoconservatives in power unleashed America's military might and treasure for an unjust aggression.
They legitimized their unjustifiable invasion with the Bush Doctrine, stated in the National Security Strategy of the United States. It read, "We must deter and defend against the threat before it is unleashed … even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack…The United States will, if necessary, act preemptively."
They codified a policy of justifiable military action against any perceived enemy without any actual attack or provocation from that enemy. They fabricated a threat, stoked national fears and built a case for their call to war with deceptions about Iraq's alleged possession of weapons of mass destruction.
So, let us not forget the war crimes cynically unleashed by the "shock and awe" of Operation Iraqi Freedom. One day this nation needs to prosecute George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, their willing puppets, their duped cohorts and their willful masters for crimes against humanity.